C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness (Continued)
o Hiring of Professional Staff: Professional staff are recruited through
nation-wide position vacancy announcements. A committee of professional
employees reviews applications, and then NCRVE's Executive Director and
the committee chairperson select the best qualified candidate.
o Employee Salaries and Benefits: NCRVE staff are paid by Ohio^State
University at established university pay ranges. However, NCRVE s pay
rates for principal investigators are lower than the rate for their
professor counterparts, primarily because of the advantages stemming
from faculty tenure. NCRVE employees have the same basic benefits and
retirement system as university employees.
o Outside Contracting: Between 1978 and 1982, NCRVE let 18 subcontracts
to 10 subcontractors for $737,969, or about 3 percent of NCRVE's project
funds during this period. NCRVE also used 2,492 consultants at a cost
of $457,690, or about $184 per consultant. ED approves in advance all
of NCRVE's subcontracts.
Benefits from The Curriculum Coordination Centers: It is estimated that
if all the CCC-disseminated curriculum materials adopted during FY 1983 had
been separately developed at each of the local sites, nearly $6 million in
costs would have been incurred (E.2).
D. Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation
E. Supporting Studies and Analyses Cited in Section C Above
1. Review of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (GAO/
HRD-84-78), August 16, 1984.~"
2. Curriculum Coordination Center Impact Report for 1983, Office of Voca-
tional and Adult Education, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
F. Other Supporting Data
III. RESPONSE TO 6EPA 417(b)
A study to examine the operations and management of the Curriculum Coordina~
tion Centers is in progress. Results will be used to guide future planning
and budgetary decisions.
Contacts for Further Information
Program Operations: Howard Hjelm, (202) 245-2278
Program Studies: Jay Noell, (202) 245-8877l by the